This page has links to posts and information about the public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s fracking plans for the Fylde area of Lancashire, which was held in Blackpool between Tuesday 9 February 2016 and Wednesday 16 March 2016.
The inquiry considered four planning appeals by Cuadrilla.
The appeals are against Lancashire County Council’s refusal of applications to drill and frack up to eight wells across sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. The company is also appealing against the refusal of seismic monitoring plans at Preston New Road and conditions imposed on a similar scheme at Roseacre Wood.
What happens next?
The inquiry has now closed. The recommendations on the four appeals by the inspector, Wendy McKay, was delivered to the Communities and Local Government Secretary by the deadline of 4 July 2016. The Planning Inspectorate said the final decision, made by the Secretary of State, would be published on or before Thursday 6 October 2016. More details here
Posts from the inquiry
Inquiry inspector: Wendy McKay
Programme officer: Yvonne Parker
Cuadrilla’s barrister: Nathalie Lieven QC
Lancashire County Council’s barrister: Alan Evans
Friends of the Earth’s barrister: Estelle Dehon
Newton with Clifton Parish Council representative: Cllr Peter Collins
North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce representative: Peter Whitehead
Preston New Road Action Group barrister: Ashley Bowes will call two or three witnesses on planning, landscape and noise.
Roseacre Awareness Group and Roseacre and Wharles Parish Council barrister: Robin Green
Westby with Plumpton Parish Council: Cllrs J Brickles and James Taylor
The inquiry was held at Blackpool Football Club Conference Centre, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool FY1 6JJ
Core documents for the inquiry can be accessed here
Proofs of evidence can be accessed here
An inquiry programme available here